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backup to email April 15, 2008

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Sometimes you have files that are very important to you, and you need to make sure that you retain access to them, in the event of a catastrophe. While most people know and understand that they need to have a good backup process in place that they can trust, most people also don’t have one. The reason most people don’t have one is that it’s a pain to do.

Here’s an easy way to start backing up the important files in your life. Create a Gmail account for the purpose of storing your backed up files, then download and install

Backup to Email.

Backup to Email is a little utility that adds a context menu option on your system called, appropriately, “Backup to Email”. Choosing that menu option when right-clicking on a file will automatically zip up the file into 10 MB chunks (if the file is larger than 10 MB in the first place), and email it to a pre-determined email address. This is where that Gmail account you created comes in.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Backup to Email also has some rudimentary functionality to deal with dropped connections; if a connection is dropped during a file transfer, it will re-attempt the transfer 100 times at two minute intervals.




twitter in plain english April 15, 2008

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mini map sidebar February 23, 2008

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i’ve been using the sidebar more and more for all sorts of apps. 

mini map sidebar lets you drag and drop locations from a web page and have them automagically mapped.

Mini Map Sidebar :: Firefox Add-ons

gDocsBar February 4, 2008

Posted by brandon in firefox, google, productivity, Tips and Tricks.
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Use Google Docs and Firefox?

This sidebar extension for Firefox  let’s you drag and drop document uploads to your Google Docs account and search and filter documents from the sidebar.

Neat stuff

Google Docs Bar – Companion for Firefox

toread – an email-based bookmark service December 3, 2007

Posted by brandon in productivity, Tips and Tricks, Website.
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While I’m browsing I often email myself things to save or read more carefully later. Before, I would use the “Gmail this” bookmarklet to send things to myself, which is totally usable, but a little clunky and time consuming.

With “toread”, I just click a bookmarklet in my browser and it shoots the current page to my email. No muss, no fuss.

toread – an email-based bookmark service

Registration couldn’t be easier, just enter your email address and click “start now”.

Lifehacker asks… What’s the difference between putting your PC in Hibernate or Standby mode? October 17, 2007

Posted by brandon in Tips and Tricks, Windows.
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hibernate.pngBasically, Standby recovers quickly since your data is stored in memory. Your computer is still on (although in low power mode).

Hibernate takes longer to restart since your computer is powered off and your data is saved to your hard drive.

Read the full article here…

Windows Tip: Hibernate vs. Standby

I TOLD YOU SO September 12, 2007

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I make it a habit to warn all of my clients to back up their data. Some do… some do TOO LATE.

Don’t think it can’t or won’t happen to you… it just takes one freak accident to make your life a living h–ll.

Read the nice article.

Please backup your hard drive now… twice! at goodCRIMETHINK

ccleaner: one of my favorite apps has gone portable! August 21, 2007

Posted by brandon in freeware, productivity, software, Tips and Tricks, utilities.
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keep in mind, this is a beta release, but CCleaner is now …

CCleaner can now run from a USB thumbdrive and be installed/run on a computer without a complicated setup process.

If you aren’t familiar, CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! 🙂

Need a new desktop wallpaper? August 8, 2007

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Lots of good (and free) options here  in high resolution sizes from iPod  to large screen monitors.


Cool disk defragmenter August 1, 2007

Posted by brandon in freeware, Tips and Tricks, Windows.
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Windows only: Freeware application JkDefrag GUI is an advanced hard
drive defrag application that provides a graphical user interface for
the open source JkDefrag command line defrag tool. JkDefrag puts the
standard Windows defragger to shame with scheduled defrags, file
optimization, and options to include/exclude directories. On the fun
end of the spectrum, JkDefrag GUI has an installable screensaver tool
that automatically turns on and visualizes your defrag when your
computer is idle and hasn’t been defragged for a user-defined amount of
time. In all, JkDefrag GUI is the coolest Windows defrag app I’ve ever
seen, and best of all, it’s totally free.